For me the day out in Einseideln was really all about two things...The monastery and the gingerbread bakery.
The 18th Century Baroque monastery is quite spectacular and sits on a small hill overlooking the rest of what is quite a sedate town. The monastery is one of the most important destinations for pilgrims in Europe and many old pilgrim hostels are still being used as hotels forZurich
The monastery is also home to a 'Black Madonna', a beautiful 15th Century statue that sits in an alcove in the church. The links at the bottom of this blog will give loads more info about the monastery and its history with great photos.
With its fabulous architecture the town is a destination for quite a few tour companies. Coaches of tourists arrive frequently throughout the day. Thankfully the monastery is big enough that they don't cause too much of an inconvenience to those seeking a quite moment, and they also tend to be on a tight schedule and so leave as quickly as they arrived.
The Gingerbread Bakery museum is my second 'must see' for visitors to the town. The museum itself is quite small but there are exhibits of old baking tools and wooden moulds used to make the Einsiedeln specialities. There are also lots of photos and details from the family history of the business.... What is more spectacular is the bakery shop. Filled with yummy treats from marzipan delicacies to chocolate truffles. You can sample things, buy a treat for the train journey home or presents for friends. Everything is yummy and you'll definitely wish you'd bought more...
On my day out there was a constant drizzle of rain which was a shame but it didn't spoil things. The town is very pretty to walk around, and I'm sure even better with some sunshine. Its small so not much danger of getting lost and there is a regular train journey. There is a lovely Italian restaurant opposite the Kloster where I had an amazing pizza for lunch. The trip got me out of the house, discovering and enjoying the country that is now home. Its just one of the ways I have found to stay positive, happy and sane.
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